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Isolated Tribes Die Shortly After We Meet Them

andydread Re:Sad, and not black and white either (351 comments)

I've seen a documentary where they contacted one of these tribes. They were living a rich life in the jungle actually and were happy and never hungry. They didn't even have clothes. they were pretty much naked. Some missionaries decided to feel sorry for them and 'help' them. They gave them clothes, sodas, junk food and other staples from civilzation and led them out of the jungle into civilization. You know what happened? They went from a rich happy life in the jungle to living in abject poverty in south america. No money, nothing. it was horrible. That is when I realized that indeginous people should be left alone. And if people want to spin it that leaving these people alone is "treating them like animals on a reserve" or whatever then so be it. Those people lived a happy life in the jungle and were well fed. When they came out of the jungle the suffered living in 3rd world slum with no food and no money and no clue how to make money. Horrible. I think the best thing to do is treat them as natural living beings that are living in their natural habitat on the brink of extinction and we should just leave them and their habitat alone. There are no fruits from our civilization that they can benifit from at this stage. They definitely can't benifit from a third world slum.

about a week ago
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Apple Patent Could Herald Interchangeable iPhone Camera Lenses

andydread Re:Assault Phones (160 comments)

It may be illegail if you put a quad-rail system with a forward grip on it.

about two weeks ago
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Canonical's Troubles With the Free Software Community

andydread Re:Sadly for Canonical... (155 comments)

I thought the OSS version of windows 8 Metro was GNOME 3. What a disaster that is and Nautilus has been dumbed down to the point of annoyance.

about three weeks ago
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"Microsoft Killed My Pappy"

andydread Stop extorting open source with software patents. (742 comments)

Hey Microsoft people don't like you coming up and demanding payment for FOSS code that they wrote that you have nothing to do with.
People don't like the fact that you spoke out against software patents when you had none yet you lobby to kill a bill reforming software-patents now that you have a ton of obvious software-patents. now you are one of the biggest supporters of software-patents.
Using the BSA in a draconian manner. See Ernie Ball.
Calling the hard work of people who write open source software a "cancer"
Corruption of standards committees in order to push a standard that not even you microsoft can honor
Constant lying and spreading FUD and misinformation in the marketplace.
Funding and aranging for additional funding for the SCO attack on Linux
Funding a book spreading lies that Linux was stolen from Minix
There is many many many more reasons.

about 2 months ago
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Oops: Security Holes In Belkin Home Automation Gear

andydread Re:Belkin Gear (77 comments)

would you like to recommend and aternative that works better in your experience?

about 2 months ago
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Oil Companies Secretly Got Paid Twice For Cleaning Up Toxic Fuel Leaks

andydread Lamar Smith and the EPA (113 comments)

And now folks you see why Lamar Smith wants to hobble the EPA.

Meanwhile in North Carolina you have 30 year Duke Energy vetran Governor Pat McCrory who has been using the power of the govt in NC to sheild Duke Energy from lawsuits as a result of massive pollution. Spilling things like arsenic, lead, mercury and other things into NC waterways. In every single lawsuit the McCrory administration intervened and shut the lawsuits down. Now you have the lastest massive spill

about 2 months ago
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Customer: Dell Denies Speaker Repair Under Warranty, Blames VLC

andydread Re:back that train up (526 comments)

Sony? *cough*. Their support is by far worse than Dell in my experience. They are a build it and forget it manufacturer. Now it may well be that this issue may not have happend on Sony engineered hardware but if you do have issues then you will usually have better luck getting a bus to fly rather than getting any help from them.

about 2 months ago
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Customer: Dell Denies Speaker Repair Under Warranty, Blames VLC

andydread Re:bad engineering? (526 comments)

Tell that to the miriad of engineers that put out monitors for mass production that got destroyed by people having the wrong modelines in the xfree86.conf files back in the day.

about 2 months ago
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GOP Bill To Outlaw EPA 'Secret Science' That Is Not Transparent, Reproducible

andydread Re: "Not Reproduclibe" (618 comments)

I never said with certainty that he was lying. He's a politician so he could well be lying. What I said is "who knows"

about 2 months ago
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GOP Bill To Outlaw EPA 'Secret Science' That Is Not Transparent, Reproducible

andydread Re: "Not Reproduclibe" (618 comments)

What you are linking to is a partisan political press release from oil industry frontman Lamar Smith of SOPA/PIPA fame. Remember him? Yep he's the sponsor of SOPA/PIPA and big hollywood has him in their pocket too. He has been against the clean air act and have been trying to shutdown the EPA for a while now. I cannot take his words as gospel so is he lying? maybe. who knows. He's a politician in the pocket of big oil and big media/hollywood. Take a look at his top industry donors Says a whole lot.

about 2 months ago
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Pending Apple Patent For 'Inferring User Mood'

andydread Re:Your Move Patent Office (79 comments)

THIS! a hundred times. I do not see how the patent office is going to let this massively overroad patent see the light of day. What the hell is the "invention" here? is it a machine? device? Apple stinks.

about 2 months ago
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Google Sells Motorola Mobility To Lenovo For $2.91 Billion

andydread Re: ouch! (172 comments)

Well Microsoft:

1) did say in their internal documents that they intend to use software-patents as a way to "add a cost" to open source software especially Linux and anything based on Linux.

2) Microsoft funds, and arranges for funding through Baystar Capital and RBC Canada for SCO's failed legal assault on Linux.

2) Microsoft signs "Linux Patent License" deal with Novell and Xandros. Claiming it's all in the name of "interoperability"

3) Later Microsoft CEO Steve Balmer claims (without proof) that Linux violates 235 Microsoft software-patents.

4) Microsoft begins extracting a "Linux License" tax from device vendors such as Nas Maker Buffalo and some printer manufacurers and other device manufacturers.

5) Android comes on the scene. Microsoft widens their "Linux License" program to include Android. However they still collect on a "Linux License" for servers from Amdocs and Amazon among many others.

Microsoft is basically implementing what they always planned to do. Use trivial and obvious software-patents to destroy FOSS in the marketplace. The patent welfare is just a beneficial side-effect and i'm sure it helped to pad their most recent record earnings.

about 3 months ago
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US Forces Coursera To Ban Students From Cuba, Iran, Sudan, and Syria

andydread Re:This is like banning it from black people and J (306 comments)

Why not ban it from Americans too because the US seems to think that every American could be a domestic terrorist -- especially those darned Tea Party and Libertarians.

I'll quote the GP that i was responding to before you decided to interject with your snide comment. You can split hairs about "terrorist watch list" or being labled "terrorists" or whether being designated "terrorists" means you are on a watch list all you want, the fact remains that the GP referred to TP and Libertarians being designated terrorist by the US. I think everything i've posted bolsters my arguement that it was the Occupy movement that was and not the TP and Libertarians

about 3 months ago
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US Forces Coursera To Ban Students From Cuba, Iran, Sudan, and Syria

andydread Re:This is like banning it from black people and J (306 comments)

Actually no. take a look here They went even further the designated them terrorists. I don't see anywere where TP and Libertarians treated that way. Just saying its not as simple as you make it out to be the feds are targeting conservatives. Just saying.

about 3 months ago
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US Forces Coursera To Ban Students From Cuba, Iran, Sudan, and Syria

andydread Re:This is like banning it from black people and J (306 comments)

erm the link you posted had nothing to do with Tea Party or Libertarians unless you are implying that TP and Libertarians are "Right Wing Extremists". It seems you are lumping in TP and libertarians with the folks at StormFront and the like.

about 3 months ago
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US Forces Coursera To Ban Students From Cuba, Iran, Sudan, and Syria

andydread Re:This is like banning it from black people and J (306 comments)

Last time I checked it was the Occupy people that got put on a terrorist watch list not tea party of liberterian types but don't let the facts in they way of your trolling.. carry on.

about 3 months ago
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RNC Calls For Halt To Unconstitutional Surveillance

andydread Re:even a broken clock... (523 comments)

Libertarian? you mean like Ted Cruz and Mike Lee? I hope not. really hope not.

about 3 months ago

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Microsoft alleged anticompetitive practices agains

andydread andydread writes  |  more than 2 years ago

andydread (758754) writes "We discussed the accusation against Microsoft by Barnes and Noble about their patent attacks on Android. The details are out on the extent that Microsoft has gone to make open source undesirable in the marketplace. Barnes and Noble says that this is not just about Android. According to B&N Its about all open source in general and they have filed a detailed complaint (PDF) with the ITC spelling out what they call "extortive practices" on the part of Microsoft against open source. Now we have a list of the actual patents in question and B&N explaining how each one of these patents are invalid."
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Microsoft collects more royaties for Linux

andydread andydread writes  |  more than 2 years ago

andydread (758754) writes "Microsoft patent campaign against Linux has ramped up. Wtih 4 more Linux licensees. TomTom and Buffalo among others were snared in the past now the latest victim is Winstron a ODM that has signed a patent license to use ChromeOS and Android."
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Microsoft charging royalties for Linux.

andydread andydread writes  |  more than 3 years ago

andydread (758754) writes "It seems Microsoft's campaign to scare manufacturers away from open source and Linux in particular is proceeding at full force. The latest news is from Digitimes out of Taiwan. Apparently Microsoft is threating Acer and Asustek to pay Microsoft a "License Fee" for the privilege of deploying Linux on their devices. This time in the form of Android and Chorme OS. So basically this campaign is spreading to PC vendors now. What are the implications of this? Does this mean that if I build PCs with Linux (Ubuntu/ChromeOS/Fedora and sell them I am at risk of getting sued by Microsoft? "But because Acer and Asustek are international vendors of netbook PCs, the actual motivation of Microsoft's royalty charge is to keep Acer and Asustek from using Google Android or Chrome OS instead of Windows Mobile for their netbook or tablet PCs, the sources pointed out.""
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I-O Data pays Microsoft for a Linux patent license

andydread andydread writes  |  more than 4 years ago

andydread (758754) writes "We just hear about the Linux patent license that Amazon purchased from Microsoft for the right to use Linux on its devices. Now it seems I-O Data is the latest to purchase a license from Microsoft for permission to use Linux. "We're pleased to reach this agreement with I-O Data, said David Kaefer, general manager of Intellectual Property Licensing at Microsoft. Microsoft has a strong track record of collaboration with companies running Linux-based offerings, and this agreement is a reflection of our commitment to partner with industry leaders around the world.""
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Microsoft collects more license fees for Linux.

andydread andydread writes  |  more than 4 years ago

andydread (758754) writes "We have seen that several companies have paid for Linux patent licenses from Microsoft. It seems that Microsoft is continuing with this strategy to put a cost on using linux.
Now it looks like Amazon has joined the party. They apparently have paid for a patent license from Microsoft for Linux servers. How long are the responsible parties going to put up with this from Microsoft? Can anything really be done about this issue?"

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